Former Paris St. Germain and Barcelona star Ronaldinho has spoken of how close he came to joining Manchester United.
Ronaldinho was expected to move to Old Trafford in 2003 before Barcelona swooped under United’s noses and took him to the Nou Camp.
Ronaldinho said; ‘it almost happened with United, it was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell had told me way before I got the offer: If I become Barca president, will you come? And I said yes. It was a quick negotiation. I told the English I had chosen Barca. It was the right choice. Brazilians have always loved Barca.’’
He went on to indeed join Barcelona on a 5 years deal for 30 Million Euros and won many individual and club honours with the Catalan Giants. In 2004 he won his first FIFA Player of the year award in Zurich and the second FIFA honours in 2005 and Ronaldinho won his second La Liga title after winning the first in his debut season.
Ronaldinho helped Barcelona to defeat Arsenal in the final of the 2006 UEFA Champions league final 21- at the Stade de France. The Brazilian left the Catalan giants in 2008 to join AC Milan for £16.7M. THE Brazilian had a wonderful career and is regarded a one of the best players to have graced the game.